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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  10,826 ratings  ·  1,688 reviews
"There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends – why he can’t care about too many people. Because when he cares about you, things start to happen. Impossible things that can’t be explained. I know, because they're happening to me."

When Brontë starts dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins – the guy voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” her twin brother, Tennyson, isn’t
Paperback, 328 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by HarperTeen (first published June 29th 2010)
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Neal Shusterman
Oct 02, 2014 Neal Shusterman added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Again – not a book review, but a review of my writing process for BRUISER. The idea of telling a story about an empath who can take on people’s pain had been with me for a while – but it wasn’t until I started toying with the idea of a character who could take on psychological and emotional pain that I got really interested in telling this story. We THINK we want our hurts taken away from us, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that surrendering our emotional pain cripples us. W ...more
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3.5 stars

First of all . . . this book might just have the best first chapter I've ever read in my life.

Next . . . this book is weird. I'm talking The Talented Mr. Ripley weird.

I've read several other Shusterman books, and I've never more than just gotten through them. I find his writing to be too . . . disheartening maybe? They've all . . . had an overwhelming sense of melancholy that dragged me down into the doldrums.

And I a
Brewster (or Bruiser), a 15-year old troubled, withdrawn kid, is in a possession of a special gift/curse - he absorbs physical pain from people he cares about. He can't control this ability, he just takes away the hurts of his friends and family, whenever he is close to them, and experiences it, regardless of if he wants it or not. Bruiser has always tried to not get attached to people, to spare himself unnecessary suffering. His social circle is limited to his abusive uncle and younger brother ...more
I won't pretend I thought Shusterman, the Tim Burton of YA literature, was worth my time before this book. I won't even say that I was so intrigued by the synopsis or the title or the cover art that I paid for it with my own hard earned dollars. All I will say is that my mom told me I would like it and practically put her copy of Bruiser in my hands, and the next day at work I was so incredibly bored I decided to read a few pages.

I got little work done that night.

Bruiser is one of those punch-yo
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
GAHHH. GAHH. THIS BOOK IS GORGEOUSSS. I WANT TO EAT IT. I LOVE IT TO SHREDS. Seriously, I don't think Neal Shusterman's genius will ever fail to amaze me. He is too awesome for words. It's not fair. Well, okay––Unwind is still my favorite. Everlost and Everwild are pretty hard to beat, too. But Bruiser is also very very amazing.

I don't really want to say what it's about, since part of its magic is in finding out Bruiser's secret on your own. But I can tell ya, this book––like all of Shusterman's
Shayantani Das
That kid is not kidding! I really am confused about what I feel for this novel. I should have loved it. But I didn’t. Do I loathe it? No, not really. Ughhhhhhh!!!!

Why I picked up this book : Bruiser is written by Neal Shusterman. Neal Shusterman wrote Unwind. No further motivation was needed. It is as simple as that!

Bruiser also has a very interesting concept. It’s basically a story about Bruiser, the misunderstood, socially inept, troubled hero. He uncle is abusive, and (SURPRISE!!!) he feel

4.5 Stars! A deeply touching emotional story!

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In a nutshell, this story centers around how much of yourself your willing to give to protect, shelter, and save those you love. Brewster "Bruiser", the main male protagonist, has a unique ability, or rather abilities, which I won't touch on so I don't ruin the story for potential readers. Keep in mind, nothing, nothing at all is at it seems. The paranormal element worked, it was different, a little strange at first, but once you understand what's h
There’s a small fraction of authors that have left a lasting impression on me with their literary talent that catapults my imagination into unchartered territories. Shusterman is undeniably one of those authors in the top echelon of highly regarded and slightly feared… where I’m concerned at least.

I read his novel Unwind years ago, about the time it first came out, and I can still remember to this day how my imaginary safe place was rocked to its core by a simple and short chapter in that book
Rating 4.5
This would have been a complete 5 star for me, but there were a couple of places that bothered me and I can believe it ended the way it did. Having said that let me just say WOW!!! I read Unwind a while ago and I never thought that anything could ever top that book, but Shusterman has proved me wrong, even with a few bothersome things. I can't and won't say too much about the plot as I think that every reader needs to explore this and read it in the way the author has so skillfully wri
Cait Grace
Wow. Just WOW. This was one of those books were I thought I might like it because I'd previously enjoyed (erm, well I read Unwind and it tore out my soul, but I suppose "enjoyed" is a word I can still use) books written by this author, so I thought, "YES I'LL TRY BRUISER." It also came recommended by a friend. SO WHAT WAS TO LOSE? Least to say I liked it a heeeeeck of a lot more than I thought I would.

It's a contemporary with a bit of magic thrown in. Brewster (Bruiser) is a great hulk of a guy
Aug 26, 2010 Andrea added it
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Told from four points of view, BRUISER was quite the twist on reality, even though it was told so well that it didn't even seem like it should be impossible. After Bronte starts dating the Bruiser, she and her twin brother Tennyson find out there really IS a reason Brewster's had stand-offish and weird down perfectly – odd things happen when he cares about people.

Like UNWIND being more than just a futuristic world, BRUISER was more than a story featuring a boy with an infeasible ability. Defini
Nov 26, 2010 Milly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: isamlq, sashana, tatiana, penny, tiffany, nic, jennifer wardrip, arlene,
Neal Shusterman came highly recommended by a fellow goodreads-er and now I know why. He is just brillant!!! Bruiser was authentic and inventive in its plot! I was riveted and in awe of Neal Shusterman's writing style. Bruiser keeps you guessing as mysteries are revealed throughout the story, making it quite difficult to put this book down. The lines are witty, funny, and insightful! I went through a full spectrum of emotions: from laughing out loud to crying quietly! The characters are smart and ...more
Bruiser is narrated in turn by Tennyson, Bronte, Cody, and Brewster. Each voice is distinct and believable, particularly Brewster's which is written in poetry form. Not only is this unexpected, but it makes his entries so much more haunting.

The book is really about sacrifice and love: Would you sacrifice your own happiness if it meant that those you love would feel no pain? Is Brewster's power to take away the pain from those he loves a gift or a curse? How can a person be happy knowing that so
This book bummed me out. Not because it was a downer, necessarily, but because I could see all this room for excellence in it that never was fully realized. I think Shusterman is good at developing a likable and mildly amusing voice for his characters, but man if they don't all sound the same. And the poetry sections? Horrifying.

Bruiser is the story of twins Tennyson and Bronte, and the changes that Bronte's new boyfriend (Brewster, commonly known as the Bruiser) makes in their lives. I'm about
Oh. So who thought this was going to be a normal fiction book? *raises hand* I actually like it when books are different from my general expectation. Especially YA books, since they're normally so easy to predict.

So, I like what he did there with Brew and Howl, but seriously, how many teens are going to get that the reference to the poem and his actual thought process are related? I don't want to be giving kids a lack of credit, but it seems like these characters are very literary where the majo
Amazing! Absolutely amazing! I have to run to the library to return this before it closes and will update my review ASAP.

I wanted to do a better review for this book because I thought it was amazing. There were several characters in this book, and all of them had POV's. Normally if you have four or so POV's it can get confusing, but not with this novel.

There was Bronte, Brewster, Tennyson, and Cody. Brewster or Brusier is the main character who I thought based on the title was going to get beat
The Sternberger twins live fairly charmed lives. Tennyson is popular, athletic, and confident-bordering-on-cocky. Brontë is popular enough, quietly self-assured, and sensitive to others. The Bruiser, on the other hand, is a hulking loner in too-small clothes who was unofficially voted Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty. He and his little brother, Cody, live with Uncle Hoyt and keep well away from everyone else. Brontë befriends Brewster and draws a very misunderstood and reluctant Bruiser into ...more
Drew Nevitt
SNNNKKKKTTKTKKKRRRRRNNNNKNGGG! How do I accurately tell how much I enjoyed this book? It was fantastic! The characters were people I cared about, and the events were realistic and not too much of a stretch at all, and the take-away was great! Man, I loved this book! I could not put it down! Often times I read and think, "Wow, that was great. I need a moment to take that in." Nein! I had to get to the next part - the author so cleverly divided the book up into small episodes with his chapters, a ...more
Everyone at school knows of Brewster "Bruiser" Rawlins, the boy voted "Most Likely to get the Death Penalty," but until bleeding-heart Bronte Stenberger decides there must be more to him than meets the eye and begins a campaign to draw him out of his isolated life, no one has really known him...

As Bronte and her twin brother Tennyson find their lives entwining with Brewster's, they quickly discover why Brewster usually avoids relationships with others. When he cares about someone, he ends up tak
I am a huge fan of "UNWIND" by Neal Shusterman. That was the first book I've read by him and "BRUISER" only my second. I think its safe to say that the author knows how to tell a compelling, unique, well-written story.

WHAT I LIKED: 4 POV's: Tennyson, Brontë, Brew, and Cody. The author allows each character to have their own "voice" and shows how their actions affect others. If you've read the summary, and without being too "spoilery", Brew has an unusual "gift" of healing. He leads an odd life
An interesting take on psychic powers. Brewster, called Bruiser because... well, he just is, has the ability to transfer any pain, physical or emotional, from the person feeling it to himself. In full. This means that when his brother falls from the roof, it's Brew who breaks his leg. Naturally, this leads to him isolating himself from everyone, until he starts seeing a girl named Bronte, and eventually becomes friends with her twin brother, Tennyson.

It is, as far as I know, unique. Unfortunatel
Mar 05, 2011 Isamlq rated it 3 of 5 stars
A big hulk of a guy… that’s Brewster. The others characters are just as… unique. There are Tennyson and Bronte, so named given their parents’ professions as literature professors. I found all of them, as I said, unique… and their story engaging. Neal Shusterman can do no wrong in my eyes, so, yes, you could say that I am a fan. Unwind got me hooked and I am so glad to have found this.

OK, Enough of the gushing. The plot itself was quite different from the things I had been reading. I was in dire
Sigh. After I capture Patrick Ness and chain him to a laptop, my next target will be Neal Shusterman. Besides being dashing and debonair(saw him at Comicon), he writes YA that's truly sublime. He writes the same way Terry Pratchett does: he asks a question that's basic to human nature, then answers it with a flight of the imagination. The question in this book is, "How would you react if you found something that could take away all of the hurtful things in your life?" Then Shusterman adds an ext ...more
Neal Shusterman is amazing and only accidentally getting carburetor fluid sprayed in my eyes this evening could have made me put it down. And it was more of a "throw it down while screaming" kind of move. But my eyes are feeling better, so I'm about to put the kids to bed so I can get back to the book. I hope I don't go blind.

Not blind! My eyes aren't even damaged! So I finished the book, and it got more and more amazing right up until it was over, and I had to read all the author interview at t
This book was exceptional in terms of characterization and its ability to make me mull over a moral dilemma. Think about it - if a person existed who was able to remove all of your pain, your anxiety, and every ailment you would ever suffer from, how great would that be? But there's a catch: this magical person must suffer from all the hurt you would have received. Would you go on and live with your pain, or would you give it up and live a carefree existence, knowing every little thing that harm ...more

“What's the point of living if you're going to hate the world? Guard your heart if you have to, but don't shut it away.”

I will be stumbling around for words in this review. Because I don't know what to say about this book. I do apologize if I start rambling incoherently. I'll give this a shot, though. SPOILERS AHEAD.

Neal Shusterman is one of the most brilliantly imaginative writers in the world. This is the sixth book of his that I've read (four of them belonging to one series), and I a
Aimee Meester
You know those books that reach you on some deep level, something you can't explain, and leave you a little shocked and torn up inside?

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman is one of those books.

I don't write as many reviews as I should, but this definitely deserves one. This books is unique, and has all of the incredibly deep characters, raw emotions, strong themes, and gorgeous writing that I found and loved in the Unwind dystology.

In regards to the characters? Beautiful. Realistic, smart, attention g
Donna Galanti
This was my go-to book at night. I loved the distinct voices used to tell this heart breaking and uplifting story in four different voices. Bruiser is my favorite kind of character - the tormented hero. His voice is so poetic and painfully beautiful. Yet, I would have found him more intriguing if he was flawed. The ending wrapped up a bit too quick and neatly for me with the discovery of how to change things.

As twins, I also thought the connection between Bronte and Tennyson could have been exp
It's rare that a YA novel spends as much time talking about parents as about, say, school. On one level this is a straightforward story about two highschool kids whose parent's marriage is falling apart. Plotwise, there's a supernatural romance, but the romantic relationships aren't very believable. On another level it's about the danger of getting close to people.

Pretty cool. Shusterman handles the four different character voices well. Tennyson is a bully and a snob, and he didn't lose me there
Andrew Hicks
I read a review on here that called Neal Shusterman "the Tim Burton of YA." If that's true, Bruiser is the Edward Scissorhands of YA. A couple quick notes of comparison:

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS: A kid who is different lives way up in a castle, isolated from a world that would never understand him.
BRUISER: A kid (Brewster) who is different lives tucked away in his uncle's methless meth house with his little brother Cody (the perfect name for a fictional lower-class ragamuffin, btw). Uncle Hoyt kee
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Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movi ...more
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“Once in a while our school has half days, and the teachers spend the afternoon 'in service,' which I think must be a group therapy for having to deal with us.” 104 likes
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